Dr Eilidh Cage

Research interests

My research focuses mainly on autism spectrum conditions, and I am interested in a number of different topics. Currently, I am interested in understanding more about the high prevalence of mental health difficulties in autistic individuals. In particular, I am examining how experiences of autism acceptance might impact on mental health. I am also interested in public perceptions and understanding/misunderstanding of autism, and how to improve acceptance. Further, I am interested in these topics within Higher Education, and how we can make universities a more accessible place for autistic students. 

Previously, my research considered whether autistic individuals manage their reputation and what factors underpinned the ability to manage reputation (such as social norms, being able to think about other’s thoughts and the motivation to have friends). Related to this topic, I am interested in the idea of "masking" or "camouflaging" in autism - where individuals invest energy into "passing" as non-autistic - and the effects camouflaging might have on mental health. 

I am also interested in self and identity in autism, for example, how autistic individuals themselves define and describe autism and how autistic adolescents develop their sense of identity. 

Finally, I am also interested in mental health in students (irrespective of autism), and understanding how we can best support students who have mental health difficulties. 

Teaching

PS1040: Lifespan Development
PS2040: Developmental Psychology
PS3041: Advanced Developmental Psychology
PS3190: Educational Psychology
PS3200: Third year project supervision
PS3210: Third year dissertation supervision
PS5202: Intergroup and Interpersonal Processes
PS5306: Clinical Assessment and Treatment Approaches
PS5205: Applied Social Psychology MSc research project
PS5305: Clinical MSc research project

I also supervise DClinPsy students at Royal Holloway. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. 

Affiliations

I am a member of the Social Development Lab here at Royal Holloway (http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/social_development/site/)

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